Black History Month 2014 Essay Competition
1st prize: $500; 2nd prize:
$350; 3rd prize: $250; 2 Honorable Mentions: $150 each
The essay is a
research based analysis, at least 500 words in length, which integrates at
least 5 (five) historic and scholarly sources **into the text. Parenthetical
citations and a Works Cited page which reflect Modern Language Association
(MLA) style are required.
The essay must be
double-spaced, 11 point type. Submit as a rich text file (rtf) to Jane
) OR as a printed document to the SAC Writing Center,
GH 203, by Friday, February 14, 2014, 2 pm.
Include a cover
sheet providing your name, Banner ID, last 4 digits of SSN, a current phone number,
e-mail address (that you check frequently), and a current address. DO NOT
include your name in a header.
STUDENTS must be
currently enrolled at San Antonio College.
Build connections between one of the prompts below and
the American Civil Rights Movement
What were the
effects of the media on the American Civil Rights movement, 1955-1968? For the
first time in American history, violence was televised, bringing its realities
into the homes of citizens, particularly in the North. Consider especially issues
of trust and responsibility between politicians and American society, as well
as society’s response to racism and violence in the South.
Month began as Negro History Week in 1926. Consider whether Black History Month
upholds the same purpose from which it originates, and whether celebrations
which focus on underrepresented groups (Women’s History Week, Hispanic Heritage
Month, etcetera) have improved or regressed the ways Americans consider race,
ethnicity, civil rights and culture. Where do we go from here?
icons have always been present in the Africa-American community; people like
Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, Mary McCloud Bethune, Booker T.
Washington, Jackie Robinson, Mae Jemison, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther
King, Lorraine Hansberry , among many others, come to mind. How have the icons
of the African-American community shaped and influenced identity and civil
rights in America? What ties these icons together, and who is emerging as
influential, iconic figures in the 21st century? What traits do
emerging African-American icons share with their predecessors?
and scholarly sources include sources found in the library or library databases
will be invited to read their prize winning essays at the African-American
on February 25, 11-12:05 in the LSC Craft Room